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Project Update February 2018

 Work to restore the parks to their original landscape design is continuing and more events are planned! 

Update on works 

Work to clear the overgrown trees behind the tennis courts in Russell Gardens is due to be finished by the end of February. The tenders for the rest of the landscape and building work are nearing award and this work should start in the summer. 

Some ash trees have also been removed from the park as they were suffering from ash dieback. Once a tree is infected, the disease is usually fatal. Removing infected trees can help to slow the spread of the disease. For more information, see

Bird walk

Ahead of International Dawn Chorus Day, come and join our spring morning walk with the birds. On Saturday 28th April, bird expert Paul Holt will lead a walk to explain the sights and sounds of the creatures we encounter in Kearsney Abbey. You don’t have to get up before sunrise, as the walk will start at the civilised time of 8am! The walk will last for 1.5 hours. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Big Tree Climb 

Following the success of last year’s visits, the Great Big Tree Climbing Company is coming back to Kearsney Abbey on Saturday 30th June and Saturday 15th September. If you want to climb high into the tree canopy and see the park from a whole new perspective, come along! 

Tickets are £20 and each session is an hour long. The activity is suitable for children aged six and over, and adults. You’ll be supervised by an instructor, fitted with a harness and helmet, and always securely attached to a safety line. To book a ticket, go to

Industrial history of the River Dour 

On Saturday 10th March, Dover Tales will be leading their second walk this year along the River Dour to explore the history of the flour mills, paper mills, saw mills, breweries and tanneries which once lined its banks. The meeting point is outside Crabble Corn Mill on Lower Road in River. The walk will head to Dover Seafront, so you’ll need to make your own way back to the start. The 3-mile walk will start at 1.30pm and take around 2.5 hours. Dogs on leads are welcome. 

This month’s photo 

This month’s photo of a grey wagtail in Kearsney Abbey was taken by Phil Smith. If you have a photo of Kearsney Abbey or Russell Gardens that you’d like to share, please email 

Kearsney Parks Forum 

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 24th April, 6pm – 7.30pm, in the café at Kearsney Abbey. If you’d like to come along and help shape future plans for the Kearsney Parks project, please email   

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